9 March 2013

How To: A Lazy Girl's Guide To Chocolate Cake

One of my aims in life is to become a domesticated goddess, needless to say I'm not really there yet. I just wish I could click my fingers and whip up a cake from scratch but it never works out. They always turn out flat as a pancake, or look like a deflated balloon. So to make sure I can get my cake fix I turn to Betty Crocker. Yes some may say it's the easy way out, but let's face it, not everyone is a "baker".

Betty Crocker Devil's Food Cake Mix
Today I'm using the Betty Crocker Devil's Food Cake Mix, which is one of my favourites.

First of all pre-heat your oven to 180c or 160c for fan assisted ovens.

Excluding the mix, here are the other ingredients you will need:

Betty Crocker Devil's Food Cake Mix
Wooden Spoon.
2 Medium Cake Tins (with removable bottoms)

Pop all the ingredients into the mixing bowl like so:

I'll admit it does look pretty disgusting at this stage but stay with me lol.
After a few minutes it will look like this, smooth and creamy.

Next you need to prep the tins, using a bit of the olive oil, grease both the tins so that the mixture won't stick. Now add the mixture, evenly:

Pop into the oven for 22 minutes, then check, if they aren't done, pop them in for another 6 minutes, they should have risen and spring back when touched. Now remove the cakes from the oven onto a wire rack. Leave to cool for 5 minutes and then carefully (they will still be hot) remove from the tins. This step should be easy as you just have to pop the bottom out.

With a sharp knife slice off the bottom part of the tin, it's easier than it sounds and leave to cool, I normally wait about an hour.

While the cake is cooling you can get on with the buttercream icing:
You will need:
First melt the butter in the microwave, 10 seconds should do it and then mix in the coco powder.
Then add the icing sugar. Pop the milk in the microwave for around 30 seconds, so it's nice and warm and then add that to the mixture before adding the vanilla essence. Continue to mix until everything is combined together. Now it's time to spread on the cake, my favourte part:
Betty Crocker Devil's Food Cake Mix
Tadah! yum.

Now at this stage you could just leave it at that, get your cuppa and enjoy, but I like to go the whole hog and add some glace icing over the top and then add the piece de resistance, sprinkles.

Betty Crocker Devil's Food Cake Mix
I normally just eyeball it by mixing icing sugar, a little cocoa powder and a table spoon of cold water. Today's as you can see was probably a little too watery but you can rectify that by adding a bit more icing sugar.

The end result:
Betty Crocker Devil's Food Cake Mix
There we have it, it may not be the most visually appealing cake out there but it tastes good, which is all the matters, to me at least haha. The reason I love this mix is because it makes the sponge so light and fluffy, which mixed with the rich buttercream icing is just heaven. I don't want to think how many calories it contains, as they say ignorance is bliss, especially when it comes to cake lol.

Let me know what you think?, have you tried any Betty Crocker mixes or do you prefer to do it the old fashioned way? Also let me know if you like this kind of post because I can definitely do more if you do.

XOXO Claire


  1. Mmm this looks good! I don't really bake much but your post makes me want to do it more! It also makes me very hungry haha xx

    1. It really was, I ate way too much of it lol, :)

  2. That looks delicious! I like the final product - it might not be perfect but it looks inviting and made with love! :)

    1. Haha, it tasted good and everyone loved it thats all that matters :)

  3. It looks kind of like a large donut! :D
    I'm sure it's delish!

    Sandra - The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

  4. Just looking at the pictures has made me crave for one now.
    Gotta go and check if I have all the ingredients in the pantry.


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